New East Lansing Public Schools Prepare for in Person Classes
East Lansing Public Schools plan to open their doors soon, with Covid protocols in place, and hope to have students back to in person learning before the end of February. Teachers started getting vaccinated last week and most of them will report for duty this week. They have been preparing for this moment and are very excited to be back. They are going out of their way to enforce protocols and make sure all staff and students are safe.
When students do officially return, they will be asked to wear masks and social distance. Recess will still be allowed for children but it will be by class, not in large groups, that goes for lunch as well. “It may be different but the overall learning goal is the same. Students haven’t even met their teachers in person yet so we’re excited for that,” said Pinecrest Elementary Principal, Amy Webster. Through this month until February students of all grades will receive information packets and surveys in the mail with the plans that include them specifically, and their options for return.
They are aware some students will have a hard time with masks, but if they are 5 or older they will have no choice but to wear a mask. If they can’t follow that protocol they will be moved back to virtual learning. The plans for these brand new facilities have been in progress for years, according to the Superintendent of East Lansing Public Schools Dori Leyko. Back in 2017 voters approved five new East Lansing elementary schools to be rebuilt at a cost of 94 million. They have all been completed and ready to open, even in the shadow of Covid-19.